Lewis Hamilton did his highest to steer clear of controversy Thursday when he ducked comparisons with different drivers and heaped reward on his countrymen forward of his house British Grand Prix.
The protecting five-time international champion and present sequence chief was once requested to answer claims by way of rival Crimson Bull staff boss Christian Horner that Max Verstappen was once now the ‘highest motive force on the earth.’
Horner had instructed that the 21-year-old Dutch motive force, who ended Mercedes’ profitable begin to 2019 by way of profitable final month’s Austrian Grand Prix for Crimson Bull, would beat Hamilton in the event that they raced in equivalent automobiles.
“I do not examine myself to anyone,” mentioned Hamilton. “I do not want to. I do not in reality have a reaction to his [Horner’s] claims…In the end every so often somebody wishes sure consideration.
“I believe Max has been doing a super task and it’s in reality thrilling to look at. I believe the final race was once incredible. It’s going to be in reality fascinating to look how they cross transferring ahead.”
Requested the place he can be in 2024 and past, Hamilton mentioned he may just no longer believe what he can be doing, however that if was once nonetheless coming to Silverstone, it will be as a motive force. “And if no longer, I would possibly not be right here in another capability…”
Hamilton will probably be in the hunt for a report 6th British Grand Prix win this weekend, as Mercedes attempt to jump again from their defeat within the Styrian Alps.
“I believe we’re absolutely mindful that the Crimson Bulls and Ferraris have taken a step ahead and the tempo that that they had on the final race was once nice,” he mentioned. “I be expecting this weekend that it’ll be nearer between us all.
“Final 12 months, Ferrari have been super-fast right here, as have been the Crimson Bulls. I believe the Crimson Bulls have been a little bit bit down, however now they have got the brand new engine I believe they are going to be even faster. It’s certainly no longer going to be a very easy weekend.”
He defined how a lot his house match supposed to him.
“It in reality is a impressive weekend,” he mentioned. “There is pleasure, there is the adrenaline going, there is force – my entire circle of relatives is coming this weekend – it is that one weekend the place it is the maximum particular as a result of you have got your circle of relatives and closest fortify round you.
“I have been in reality privileged to come back right here and feature some impressive races…I am making an attempt to verify I stay calm and down to earth. I think like I’ve a mountain to climb this weekend and who higher to assist me do it than the British lovers.”